Singareni plans to expand power generation capacity


Singareni Collieries Company Ltd plans to expand its power generation capacity from the current 1,500 megawatts to 4,050 MW in the coming years.

IT plans to establish a 250 MW floating solar power plant on the waters of the Lower Manair Dam (LMD), add another 800 MW unit to its existing 2×600 MW thermal plant and also other solar power plants of 1,500 MW in mining areas. The company has a capacity of 219 MW of solar power plants at eight sites out of the 300 MW planned in the first phase. Work on the remaining 81 MW solar power plants is nearing completion.

The coal company’s plans were explained by SCCL Director (Operations) S. Chandrasekhar during a speech at 9 and Asian Mining Congress organized by the Mining, Geological & Metallurgical Institute of India (MGMI) in Kolkata on Tuesday. Speaking on “Technology Progress in Mining: Current Scenario and Challenges”, he said that SCCL is ahead of several other public sector coal companies in the country in adopting new technologies.

He said that in addition to meeting energy needs, sourcing coal for power generation, from southern states, the company has also diversified into thermal and solar power generation. Mr. Chandrasekhar said that SCCL was the first public sector coal company in the country to successfully implement ERP and SAP systems.

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Singareni was also the first to introduce heavy machinery such as dragline excavator, load carrying dumper (LHD) and side dump loader (SDL) in coal mining. The company was also gearing up for making sand or extracting sand from overburden. To meet the demand for explosives used for mining, the company had set up a mixed-sludge explosives plant with a capacity of 50,000 tons per year.

The company has also completed a 21.6 km railway line to transport coal from the mines in the Srirampur area to the Singareni thermal power station at Pegadapalli in the Mancherial district. Stating that the company had set a target to extract 70 million tonnes of coal in 2022-2023, Mr Chandrasekhar said coal production would soon start in the Naini coal block allocated to the company in Odisha.

Coal Secretary Anil Kumar Jain, Coal India Ltd Chairman Parmod Agarwal, CIL Director (Technical) Veera Reddy, several senior SCCL officials including its Director (E&M) D. Satyanarayana Rao attended the meeting of two days attended by representatives of 20 countries. .

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